Maine report: 30 people died by assisted suicide in 2020.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Maine assisted suicide law came into effect in September 2019.  According to the 2020 Maine assisted suicide report, the first full year of the Maine regime:  50 people were approved for death by lethal drugs,  30 people died by assisted suicide,  15 of the 50 people …

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The inevitable pressure to expand euthanasia and assisted suicide laws once they are enacted

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition As I have written before, the euthanasia lobby will promote “safeguards”–or “limits”–to assisted dying laws to sell its legalization to the public. However, once they succeed, the death lobby will soon promote the expansion of the law. For instance, the first legal challenge to Canada’s euthanasia law …

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Euthanasia has given lawyers medical authority while silencing doctors who consider it very bad medicine.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Convivium published an excellent article written by Kiely Williams, a Calgary physician, and Faye Sonier, an Ottawa lawyer, titled “Open Wide and Say Law.” Williams and Sonier explain how Bill C-7 expanded Canada’s euthanasia law [MAID—Medical Aid In Dying]  in ways that physicians would not dare to …

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Netherlands euthanasia report: 9% more deaths in 2020

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition  Senay Boztas reported for the Dutchnews.nl that there were more euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2020 than ever before.  According to the Netherlands euthanasia report there were 6,938 reported euthanasia deaths in 2020 up by 9% from 6,361 in 2019. Boztas reported: All but two of these were …

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Pro-death argument comes full circle: Consent to die is a “cruel trap” euthanasia lobby says

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition When selling euthanasia (Medical Aid in Dying–MAiD) to the Canadian public, we were assured that consent would be a fundamental protection within the legislation.  I have been challenged by people who have stated: “Who am I to stand in the way of someone who has consented to …

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Australian murder trial. Woman tells court that she assisted the suicide of her boyfriend.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Natasha Darcy is on trial for murder in the August 2, 2017 death of her boyfriend, Matthew Dunbar. Dunbar had made Darcy the sole beneficiary of his multi-million dollar estate. I have reported on this case before. Darcy claims, in her defense, that she didn’t murder Dunbar …

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Chile’s Chamber of Deputies approves euthanasia bill, measure moves to Senate for debate

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Associated Press reported that on Tuesday the Chilean Chamber of Deputies approved an euthanasia bill, sending it to the Senate for the next stage. The AP quoted pro-government lawmaker Leónidas Romero who said  the leftist Broad Front and the Communist Party, which promoted the bill, “are suffering from …

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Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) opposes euthanasia for mental illness

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Bill C-7 passed into law on March 17, thereby expanding Canada’s euthanasia (MAiD) law to include people with mental illness alone.  Passage came in spite of robust opposition from the Canadian Mental Health Association. Stephanie Davis, reporting for CTV News Regina, interviewed Phyllis O’Connor, the Executive Director …

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Canada’s new euthanasia law is a matter of life and death for people with disabilities

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Bill C-7 passed into law on March 17, thereby expanding Canada’s euthanasia (MAiD) law to include people with disabilities or chronic conditions who are not dying, and people with mental illness alone.  It’s important to remind people of how Bill C-7 undermines Canada’s global human rights commitments. …

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Peter Singer promotes euthanasia for mental illness

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Long time euthanasia promoter, Peter Singer, has written a commentary on the expansion of euthanasia to include people with mental illness alone who have made an advanced request for euthanasia. His commentary seems factual and dispassionate but, in fact, he supports more death by euthanasia. In his …

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Latvia rejects euthanasia initiative

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. Latvia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. The Latvian public broadcaster LSM.LV reported that, after a long debate, the Latvian Saeima [Parliament] rejected a citizens’ initiative to legalize euthanasia by a vote of 49 to 38 with two abstentions. A citizens’ initiative had collected 10,000 …

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Australian “Angel of Death” nurse unlikely to face criminal charges for killing a patient, merely loses nursing license for two years

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Maura Kathryn Bannister,  an Australian nurse who referred to herself as the “angel of death” lost her nursing license on March 19 but will unlikely face criminal charges. On March 10, the Queensland (Australia) Civil And Administrative Tribunal of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, in …

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